Host Cameroon and Egypt square off in an epic semifinal clash on Thursday night in Yaoundé with both teams aiming for another title at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021.
Egypt has won the AFCON a record seven times, while Cameroon has five AFCON titles. Cameroon has been scoring at a high rate in the tournament and advanced with a 2-0 quarterfinal victory against The Gambia on Saturday. Egypt has been playing stout defense and counting on the brilliance of superstar Mohamed Salah. The Pharaohs beat Morocco 2-1 on Sunday, with Salah scoring the equalizer in the second half to force extra time.
This will be the 11th Africa Cup of Nations encounter between Egypt and Cameroon, no two teams have met on more occasions in the competition’s history.
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Here are the stats as Cameroon battle seven times AFCON winner
● Egypt have won three of their last four Africa Cup of Nations games against Cameroon (L1), scoring nine goals, this after netting just twice across their previous six encounters against the Indomitable Lions in the competition (W1 D2 L3).
● Cameroon have progressed from seven of their nine semi-final matches at the Africa Cup of Nations, only opponents Egypt (8) have made it through this round more often in AFCON history.
● The Africa Cup of Nations hosts have been eliminated in three of their last five semi-final matches in the competition, with Egypt the last such team to progress from this round (2-1 against Senegal in 2006).
● Since the beginning of 2017, no player has been directly involved in more goals (9) at the Africa Cup of Nations than Egypt’s Mohamed Salah (six goals, three assists) or Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar (seven goals, two assists).